People have the power, can change government

Published: December 20 2010 | 12:01 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 6:32 pm in
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On Nov. 21, The Gazette Editorial (“Fighting for an independent judiciary”) impugned the people of Iowa when it made the ugliest of insinuations that the people of Iowa are ignorant in their understanding and application of the Iowa Constitution. That mean rhetoric and disinformation is detrimental to democracy.

Let’s do something The Gazette didn’t do — inform you of what the Iowa Constitution actually says and means:

“Political power. Sec. 2. All political power is inherent in the people.

“Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.”

We see that it is the people of Iowa who have “all” the power, not the court.

Well, the people have spoken on retaining misbehaving justices. The justices were wrong in trying to substitute their definition of the public good over the residents of Iowa. We see here that it is the right and the responsibility of the people to exercise their political power and they did.

Let us applaud the federal judge who declared the individual mandate in Obamacare unconstitutional. Some judges still get it.

Gary Ellis

Cedar Rapids

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